Japanese victims of Dhaka siege arrive home

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TOKYO: The bodies of seven Japanese nationals killed in a bloody restaurant attack in Dhaka were returned home early on Tuesday on a government plane. The aircraft landed shortly before 6:00 am (2100 GMT Monday) carrying the victims’ remains and bereaved family members, who had been earlier taken to the upmarket cafe in the Bangladeshi capital where militants killed 20 hostages at the weekend. The coffins, draped in white sheets, were lowered to the tarmac at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, where Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida along with other government officials and colleagues of the victims awaited. Kishida joined others to offer floral tributes and bowed deeply as they held a moment of silence before the coffins. “As I received them at the airport, I felt a renewed sense of deep sorrow and anger,” Kishida later told reporters in Tokyo. “Our country will further coordinate our efforts with the international community so that a tragedy like this will not be repeated,” he said. The plane arrived roughly two hours after a small jet carrying injured Tamaoki Watanabe, a Japanese survivor of the siege, landed at Haneda, local television footage showed.

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